Who Cares About Minnesota?

Who cares about Minnesota? I do. Not only was I born here, I grew up, went to college, met my wife, got married, and started a family here.  My roots go deep. Before you begin to think “Of course, hewould care, he’s never left the state…”, I should also mention that as an adult I’ve … Continue reading

Will Minnesota’s Millennials be less imaginative?

The iconic image below captures Governor Wendell Anderson at a time when Minnesota was known as “the state that works.” I’ve been a part of conversations recently where community leaders from other generations have posed an interesting question: Baby Boomers as a generation have seen a time where institutions all of kinds were strong and … Continue reading

Minnesota Rising Blogger Bio: Heidi Smith!

Greetings! I am Heidi Smith the newest contributing blogger for Minnesota Rising. Since you will continue to see my posts here on Minnesota Rising’s blog, I thought I would tell you a bit about myself and how I found myself contributing. I moved to Minnesota from Florida in 2009 and have since joined the team … Continue reading

You’re Invited | SMBMSP #44 Interactive Project Management & More! A Conversation with the Geek Girls Guide

Right on the heels of The Nerdery’s Overnight Website Challenge, we have another reminder of how much the Twin Cities loves its gadgets and geekiness. Hang out with @SMBMSP this Friday for some bacon and breakfast conversation with the authors of the Geek Girls Guide! You are invited to attend: SMBMSP #44 – Interactive Project … Continue reading


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You’re Invited | Inter-Generational Roundtable: The Minnesota Miracle

Minnesota is often touted as a national leader across many topics and issue areas, ranking high for being a role model as well as for exhibiting significant disparities. There are many stories behind the successes and challenges that have brought our fair state to its current position, and some of the makers and doers behind … Continue reading

You’re Invited: Are we winning (or losing) the battle on teenage mental health?

As the Minnesota Public Health Association‘s policy forum series continues to explore the challenges and conditions surrounding the health of our children, our attention this month will turn to mental health. With a range of threats include bullying, risky behaviors, suicide, self-image issues, and more, young people today are facing a bevy of challenges extending … Continue reading

We have seen the future and it includes Minnesota Rising!

The “Our Minnesota” Cascading Conversations Tour is well underway, engaging young Minnesotans from across the state in dialogue about their values and visions for the future of our state! We invite you to join in the cascade by downloading the Blueprint yourself as a tool to better connect with your friends or requesting that a … Continue reading

Accepting Applications: Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute

It’s that time of year again to apply for a life-changing 5-day intensive focused on women’s leadership and public engagement! The Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute is seeking applicants with a desire to develop their leadership skills in the areas of politics, leadership, public service, and community service. If that sounds like you, and you’d … Continue reading

A hard battle

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